Food banks, pantries and community fridges

Low-cost and free food schemes in the Borough

Food banks

People in need can be referred by any agency that holds food bank vouchers, with a maximum of four per year then at the discretion of the referral agency.

Eastleigh Basics Food Bank

Eastleigh Basics Food Bank Unit G6, Wells Place, Eastleigh SO50 5PP
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 3pm
Phone: 07563 609994

Donations can be made at:

  • The Basics Bank shop in Wells Place, Eastleigh (Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 3pm)
  • Tesco (Swan Centre, Eastleigh)
  • Sainsburys (Market Street, Eastleigh)
  • Waitrose (Oakmount Road, Chandler's Ford)
  • Most churches in and around Eastleigh

The Food Centre

King's Community Church, Sovereign Place, Northam Road, Hedge End SO30 4BZ.
Open Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 1pm.

Donations can be made at:

  • The food hall entrance of M&S Hedge End
  • The CO-OP in Hedge End village
  • Kings Community Church
  • The Junction Café
  • Lidl, Hedge End
  • Aldis, Hedge End

Hound Basics Food Bank

30 Queen's View, Netley Abbey SO31 5AE. 
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30am to 2pm.
Phone: 07485 007800

Donations can be made at:

Netley Abbey

  • Hound Basics Food Bank, 30 Queens View, SO31 5EA - box in porch
  • Co-op, Station Road, SO31 5AF
  • Post Office, Station Road, SO31 5AF
  • Netley Central Sports & Social Club, Station Road, SO31 5AE
  • 5 Sellwood Road, SO31 5BJ - box in porch
  • Grange Cottage, 2 Grange Road, SO31 4HP - box in porch
    (opposite St. Edward's Church - look for white picket fence)


  • St. Andrew's Church, High Street, SO31 4JW - in porch, 9am-5pm
  • Ketch Rigger Restaurant, Hamble Point Marina, SO31 4NB - 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • Gaff Rigger Restaurant, Mercury Yacht Harbour, SO31 4HQ - 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • The Mercury Library and Community Hub


  • Bursledon Parish Vicarage, School Road, SO31 4BW
  • Pilands Wood Community Centre, Chamberlayne Road, SO31 8DT - Monday 10am-1pm, Tuesday & Thursday 10am-3pm
  • The Coffee Shop (upstairs), Bursledon Community Centre, Portsmouth Road, SO31 8ES
  • The Plough, Portsmouth Road, SO31 8BT
  • 'Crosstrees', Church Lane, SO31 8AB

Further afield

  • B. Matthews Funeral Director, 146 Portsmouth Road, Woolston, SO19 9AP

All of the Basics Banks will take financial donations – to donate,  contact them by phone or email.


The principle of a pantry is to give those in need the opportunity to have a ‘helping hand’ by getting food for a small membership fee per visit. A Pantry provides a wide range of heavily discounted fresh, frozen and ambient food, giving households reassurance, support to manage and budget; reducing food entering landfill.

Become a member and access £5.00 per visit for £15.00+ worth of food per week.

Pilands Wood Community Pantry

Pilands Wood Community Centre, Chamberlayne Road, Bursledon SO31 8DT
Open initially Mondays only, 10am to 2pm and priority membership will be given to residents in the Bursledon, Hamble and Hound area, and a waiting list may apply.
Email the centre or call 023 8040 3703

GCS Eastleigh Community Pantry

New location as of 4 March 2024: Citizen's Advice Eastleigh, 101 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DR
Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 12 noon, Tuesday 4pm to 6pm 
Phone: 01794 522106

Community Fridges

Free food for anyone that would otherwise go to waste - bring a bag and help yourself to what you need.

Donations of food within its use by date is welcome.

Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh SO50 9LH
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm, and Sunday 9.30am to 12pm, in the entrance hall.
Visit the Facebook Page for updates, or email

YMCA Eastleigh Community Centre and Café, 29 Whieldon Way, North Stoneham, Eastleigh SO50 9SB
Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm in the c
Visit their Facebook Page for updates or email

Low-cost schemes to avoid food waste

Apps and websites connecting neighbours and local businesses so that surplus food isn't being thrown away